Spring 2017 Happenings
Published Apr 1, 2017 8:00 AM
Charles Lloyd & The Marvels
Featuring Bill Frisell with Reuben Rogers, Eric Harland and Greg Leisz and special guest Lucinda Williams
Critics say Charles Lloyd has never sounded better. The depth of his expression reflects a lifetime of experience. With this group of musicians, expect a hybrid of free jazz, rock and Americana. With the addition of Lucinda Williams, the group speaks directly to the current national predicament. While in a groove of hope and joy, the music challenges the darker side of authority. The New York Times says, “Mr. Lloyd has come up with a strange and beautiful distillation of the American experience, part abandoned and wild, part immensely controlled and sophisticated.”
APR. 14 / FRI / 8 P.M. Location: Royce Hall. Tickets: $29-$59; $15 UCLA students; $25 UCLA faculty and staff. Phone: (310) 825-2101. Web: www.cap.ucla.edu.
Enduring Splendor: Jewelry of India’s Thar Desert
Enduring Splendor focuses on the rich and diverse silver jewelry traditions of India’s Thar Desert region. The exhibition will present these traditions against the background of the 5,000-year history of jewelry-making across the Indian subcontinent. On view will be important sculptures and paintings borrowed from the Los Angeles County Museum of Art to demonstrate the profusion and variety of jewelry worn by Hindu gods and goddesses in ancient times and by maharajas and maharanis from the 17th to early 19th centuries. Drawing on recent field research in the city of Jaisalmer, a thriving center of contemporary jewelry production, Enduring Splendor will explore for the first time the life and work of four sonis (silversmiths or goldsmiths).
FEB. 19–JUNE 18, 2017. Location: Fowler Museum. Admission: Free. Phone: (310) 825-4361. Web: www.fowler.ucla.edu.
Hammer Projects: Andrea Bowers
As a prominent advocate for the potentialities of both political activism and artistic practice, Andrea Bowers is at the forefront of conversations that illuminate issues raised by the current political climate. This installation addresses the function of art in today’s political context and the fundamental need for artists to remain politically active and engaged as participants in a broader field of dissent.
MAR. 11–JULY 16, 2017. Location: Hammer Museum. Admission: Free. Phone: (310) 443-7000. Web: www.hammer.ucla.edu.
African-Print Fashion Now! A Story of Taste, Globalization, and Style
African-Print Fashion Now! introduces visitors to a dynamic and diverse African dress tradition and the increasingly interconnected fashion worlds that it inhabits. All feature the colorful, boldly designed, manufactured cotton textiles known as “African-print cloth.”
MAR. 26–JULY 30, 2017. Location: Fowler Museum. Admission: Free. Phone: (310) 825-4361. Web: www.fowler.ucla.edu.
The Legend of Georgia McBride
After years of struggling at a small-time club in the Florida Panhandle, Casey realizes it’s now or never for his career as an Elvis impersonator. Enter Miss Tracy Mills, a self-proclaimed grand dame of drag who guarantees Casey’s life is about to get “all shook up.” Matthew Lopez’s hip-shakin’, heartwarming tale explores what happens when one man trades in his blue suede shoes for platform pumps and discovers he ain’t nothing but a drag queen.
APR. 4–MAY 14, 2017. Location: Gil Cates Theater. Tickets: $32-$90. Phone: (310) 208-5454. Web: www.geffenplayhouse.org.
Nels Cline: Music from Lovers
Guitar explorer Nels Cline is best known as the lead guitarist in the band Wilco. His recording and performing career — spanning jazz, rock, punk and experimental — is well into its fourth decade, with more than 160 recordings, including at least 30 as bandleader. Rolling Stone anointed him as both one of 20 “new guitar gods” and one of the top 100 guitarists of all time. This all-new project (supporting Cline’s next album release, Lovers) amasses a 17-piece band of some of Cline’s most gifted collaborators.
APR. 8 / SAT / 8 P.M. Location: Royce Hall. Tickets: $29-$59; $15 UCLA students; $25 UCLA faculty and staff. Phone: (310) 825-2101. Web: www.cap.ucla.edu.
Zakir Hussain & Rahul Sharma
Renowned santoor player Rahul Sharma and one of the finest tabla players in the world, Zakir Hussain, are teaming up again. The two virtuosos, beloved in India and around the world, have collaborated before on several projects, including a live recording. Hussain’s playing is marked by uncanny intuition and masterful improvisational dexterity, founded in formidable knowledge and study. Sharma is one of India’s most prolific musicians, with more than 60 released albums spanning a career of 15 years.
APR. 29 / SAT / 8 P.M. Location: Royce Hall. Tickets: $29-$59; $15 UCLA students; $25 UCLA faculty and staff. Phone: (310) 825-2101. Web: www.cap.ucla.edu.
Amber and Tom, finding their way as freshmen at Princeton, spend a night together that alters the course of their lives. They agree on the drinking, they agree on the attraction, but consent is foggy. If unspoken, can it be called consent? Anna Ziegler, a playwright The New York Times calls “newly (and justly) hot,” investigates gender and race politics, our crippling desire to fit in and the three sides to every story.
MAY 2–JUNE 11, 2017. Location: Audrey Skirball Kenis Theater. Tickets: $60-$82. Phone: (310) 208-5454. Web: www.geffenplayhouse.org.
Living Apart Together: Recent Acquisitions
In recent years, the Hammer has reaffirmed its commitment to building a collection focused, in part, on the art of the past decade, with an emphasis on Los Angeles. Within the scope of its collecting, the Hammer seeks to narrate a history of the city’s artistic legacies and the relationships these have to the broader field of global contemporary art through a range of media, paying close attention to film/video and works on paper. This exhibition highlights recent acquisitions in the Hammer Museum’s collection.
MAY 21–AUG. 27, 2017. Location: Hammer Museum. Admission: Free. Phone: (310) 443-7000. Web: www.hammer.ucla.edu.
Roland is a beekeeper. Marianne is a quantum physicist. What are their odds of falling in love? With infinite moments that can change the trajectory of a life, it’s anyone’s guess how cosmic collision is possible. Nick Payne’s hit is a charming, devastating and profound exploration of the universal truth of finding and losing love. A play that balances on the question of “What if ...?” is, at its core, a poignant picture of “what is.”
JUNE 6–JULY 16, 2017. Location: Gil Cates Theater. Tickets: $32-$90. Phone: (310) 208-5454. Web: www.geffenplayhouse.org.